Karen Hinton, Ex-Andrew Cuomo Aide, Says Governor Was 'Aroused' When Hugging Her

Karen Hinton, one of seven women who have accused New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual misconduct, on Monday detailed an "extremely uncomfortable" December 2000 alleged incident inside a Los Angeles hotel room.

Hinton was working as a consultant after having federal jobs with the Department of Housing and Urban Development when, she alleges, the incident occurred between herself and the future New York governor. Hinton spoke with WNYC radio Monday after first going public with her accusation against Cuomo on March 6. In the detailed discussion of the sexually charged incident, Hinton recalled Cuomo was clearly aroused during a hotel room embrace. At the time, Cuomo was working as then-President Bill Clinton's secretary of housing in Washington.

"He approached me, embraced too tightly, too long and was aroused," Hinton said. "I felt extremely uncomfortable and actually shocked. Nothing had ever happened that way between the two of us."

Hinton is among seven women who have come forth to publicly accuse Cuomo of groping and sexual harassment, among a litany of additional lascivious misconduct claims. The governor has flatly denied the claims as false. In response to Hinton's initial public accusation in early March, the governor responded, "this did not happen." He has so far denied every allegation against him through Monday.

"As everybody who has been involved on any level in New York politics knows, she has been a longtime political adversary of mine, highly critical for many, many years and has made many, many accusations," Cuomo said during a March 7 conference call with reporters, responding to Hinton's allegations.

"Karen Hinton is a known antagonist of the Governor's who is attempting to take advantage of this moment to score cheap points with made up allegations from 21 years ago," said Cuomo administration spokesperson Peter Ajemian, in remarks to reporters earlier this month.

Hinton has expressed her sympathy and solidarity with the other women who have come forth in the past several weeks to accuse Cuomo of years of sexual misconduct.

"I waited 21 years to tell my story bcuz I feared the impact on me and my family. After I heard Lindsey [Boylan] and Charlotte [Bennett] tell their stories, I hoped mine would provide more credibility about something that happened long before he became Governor," Hilton tweeted on March 12, rebuking Cuomo's succinct denials of the allegations.

Newsweek reached out to Cuomo's office in Albany Monday evening for additional remarks but did not hear back by time of publishing.

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Karen Hinton, a former aide to Andrew Cuomo, said on Monday the New York governor was "aroused" when hugging her in late 2000. In this image, Cuomo speaks at a news conference on September 8, 2020 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty